Professor David Tong


  • 2004: University of Cambridge, Lecturer, Reader then Professor
  • 2001-2004: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pappalardo fellow.
  • 2000-2001: Columbia University, Postdoc.
  • 1999-2000: Kings College, London. EPSRC postdoc.
  • 1998-1999: TIFR, Mumbai, India, Research fellow.


David Tong studies various topics in theoretical physics, usually related to quantum field theory. Previous research topics include string theory, supersymmetry, solitons, geometry, cosmology and condensed matter physics. More details on David's reseach and publication can be found on his research pages. Lecture notes on various topics in theoretical physics can be found on his teaching pages

Selected Publications

  • Andreas Karch and David Tong, "Particle-Vortex Duality from 3d Bosonization", arXiv:1606.01893
  • Nick Dorey, David Tong and Carl Turner, "A Matrix Model for WZW", arXiv:1604.05711
  • Gary Horowitz, Jorge Santos and David Tong, "Optical Conductivity with Holographic Lattices", , JHEP 1207:168 (2012) arXiv:1205.0519
  • Sean Hartnoll, Joe Polchinski, Eva Silverstein and David Tong, "Towards Strange Metallic Holography", JHEP 1004:120 (2010), arXiv:0912.1061
  • Kentaro Hori and David Tong, "Aspects of Non-Abelian Gauge Dynamics in Two-Dimensional N=(2,2) Theories", JHEP 05 (2007) 079, hep-th/0609032.
  • Mohsen Alishahiha, Eva Silverstein and David Tong, "DBI in the Sky" Phys.Rev. D70 (2004) 123505, hep-th/0404084.
  • Amihay Hanany and David Tong, "Vortices, Instantons and Branes" JHEP 0307 (2003) 037,  hep-th/0306150.